Current Lab Members

Justin Kitzes
Justin KitzesAssistant Professor
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I am a spatial ecologist and conservation biologist interested in how habitat alteration affects biodiversity at large spatial scales. I also have a specific interest in the development and use of bioacoustic survey methods.
R. Patrick Lyon
R. Patrick LyonGraduate Student
Pat is a graduate student working on monitoring and evaluating the effects of habitat restoration in Pennsylvania forests.
Tessa Rhinehart
Tessa RhinehartGraduate Student
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Tessa is a graduate student (and former staff programmer) working on community analysis, bird call classification software, and statistical models.
Lauren Chronister
Lauren ChronisterResearch Assistant
Lauren is a staff researcher (and former undergrad researcher) assisting with our fieldwork and bird song classifiers.
Chapin Czarnecki
Chapin CzarneckiResearch Assistant
Chapin is a staff researcher assisting with our fieldwork and bird song classifiers.
Louis Freeland-Haynes
Louis Freeland-HaynesResearch Assistant
Louis is a staff researcher working on our bird call classification models and open source software.
Jatin Khilnani
Jatin KhilnaniResearch Assistant
Jatin is a staff researcher working on bird classification models and data management.
Sam Lapp
Sam LappResearch Assistant
Sam is a staff researcher working on our bird and frog call classification models, recorder hardware design, and open source software.
Sasha Syunkova
Sasha SyunkovaResearch Assistant
Sasha is a staff researcher working on our bird and frog call classification models and assisting with field work.
Carolyn Tett
Carolyn TettUndergraduate Researcher
Carolyn is an undergraduate student working on our audio recorder deployments and bird song research.
Alex Watts
Alex WattsGraduate Student Researcher
Alex is an graduate student (M.S. Biostatistics) working on our audio localization research.
Interested in our work? We often have openings for undergraduate students, graduate students, programmers, and postdocs to join the lab. Learn more about joining us, and get in touch!

Lab Alumni


  • Trieste Devlin, Research Assistant

Undergraduate Students

  • Sagar Vellalath, University of Pittsburgh
  • Tiger Wu, University of Minnesota
  • Talia Piretra, University of Pittsburgh
  • Lauren Chronister, University of Pittsburgh
  • Anna Lippert, University of Pittsburgh
  • Madeline Hice, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sarah Heise, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jiade Song, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jack Challiet, University of Chicago
  • Tanvi Merengenti, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Lydia Zimmerman, University of Pittsburgh
  • Aaron Lauer, University of Pittsburgh
  • Madoc Smith, University of Pittsburgh
  • Kyle Walters, University of Pittsburgh